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Definition of pare verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pare
    he / she / it pares
    past simple pared
    -ing form paring
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  1. 1 to remove the thin outer layer of something, especially of fruit pare something She pared the apple. pare something from something First, pare the rind from the lemon. pare something off/away He pared away the excess glue with a razor blade.
  2. 2pare something (back/down) to gradually reduce the size or amount The training budget has been pared back to a minimum. The workforce has been pared to the bone (= reduced to the lowest possible level). see also parings
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: pare